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Our children's thrillers, mysteries and ghost stories are full of shocks and scares. These mystery books for kids are available at unbelievable prices and are captivating from start to finish. Our range includes great horror books for kids that will have them hooked on reading.

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Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

  • Framed

    Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Product Code: FFU3
    Paperback
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    The perfect crime - it's a work of art, in Frank Cottrell Boyce's ingenious story, Framed. Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during World War II, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town. This edition of Framed includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce, and illustrations by Steven Lenton.
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  • Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires

    Kes Gray

    Product Code: AVHSW
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    It's Halloween and Daisy is going trick-or-treating for the very first time. In the dark ...in the fog ...with a vampire ...armed only with a torch and some silly string. GULP! The funny, spooky and totally troublesome new tale from the bestselling Daisy series.
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  • The Mountain of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICQ
    Paperback
    Surely a peaceful holiday in the Welsh mountains will keep the children out of trouble! But the mystery of a rumbling mountain soon has them thirsty for more adventure. Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot are determined to explore the mountain and uncover its secret, but first they must escape from a pack of ravenous wolves and a mad genius who plans to rule the world!
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  • Horowitz Horror

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: AGJEN
    Paperback 14 years +
    Welcome to a strange and twisted world where the spooky, the shocking, and the positively petrifying are lurking just out of sight. A bus ride home ...turns into your worst nightmare. A quaint country cottage ...has a grisly secret. A man returns from holiday ...with bubbling skin and bloodshot eyes. Horowitz Horror. It's all around you. Alive. Waiting. Enter if you dare.
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  • Minecraft: Deep Dive (Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles #3)

    Nick Eliopulos

    Product Code: BZNAV
    Paperback
    The gang from Woodsword Middle School have re-entered the world of Minecraft, and this time they're taking the plunge to discover the secrets of the ocean biome. When the friends follow a treasure map, they find their underwater quest ties in perfectly with their new school science project. But trouble quickly threatens to sink them in both worlds! For fans of the Minecraft game, Jumanji and Wreck it Ralph.
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  • What the Ladybird Heard

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BWLTF
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    The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.
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  • The Deadly Dinner Lady

    Andrew Clover

    Product Code: BTWDO
    Paperback
    Meet RORY BRANAGAN - he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not ACTUALLY. But he IS the best detective in town. Fourth in a hilarious comedy-crime series for readers of 8+. Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am DEFINITELY a detective. An absolutely HUGE crime has been committed at my school . . . Nobody likes our head dinner lady, but WHO would actually try to KILL her? And WHY? It's up to me and my Accomplice, Cassidy 'the Cat' Callaghan, to solve our DEADLIEST crime yet. There are seven books in the RORY BRANAGAN (DETECTIVE) series and this is the fourth.
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  • The Silver Serpent

    Lena Jones

    Product Code: BZGPP
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    A third mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly - a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series. Agatha Oddlow is on the case with yet another adventure! An assistant at the National Gallery has gone missing, but when Agatha begins investigating, she uncovers a plot bigger than she could ever have imagined. Join Agatha as she travels throughout London and into the very heart of the mystery...
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  • Minecraft: Night of the Bats

    Nick Eliopulos

    Product Code: BWGJW
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    The Second book in the OFFICIAL Minecraft fiction series for readers age 7+ Morgan, Ash and friends are back for another adventure. Woodsword Middle has been infested by bats, bringing chaos and disorder into Ms Minerva's classroom. The friends continue to explore Doc Culpepper's virtual reality world of Minecraft, venturing beyond the safety of their castle. When they arrive at a village which is terrorised by a hostile mob each night, they know they must help out. But will the kids work out how to stop the mob and save the villagers? And why is Ms Minerva's classroom full of bats?
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  • The Last Secret

    Sophie Cleverly

    Product Code: BQJZU
    Paperback
    Scarlet and Ivy are back at Rookwood school for what could be their final term... The sixth and final book in the SCARLET AND IVY series is perfect for fans of MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE. When Scarlet and Ivy return to school after the holidays, they quickly realise that the school is in danger. The twins will need to confront enemies from their past and their present if they are to have any chance of it surviving. Could the last secret at Rookwood be the one that brings it down? Or will Scarlet and Ivy be able to untangle the trails of clues and red herrings in time to save it?
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  • The Princess in Black

    Shannon Hale

    Product Code: BGKZT
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    Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black! Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! A rollicking read from the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham.
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  • The Ogre of Oglefort

    Eva Ibbotson

    Product Code: AOVNQ
    Paperback 9 years +
    When a Hag, an orphan boy called Ivo, Ulf the troll and wizard Brian Brainsweller are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they briefly consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, terrifying, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it first appears - the Ogre is depressed and the princess doesn't want to be rescued. The Norns, who rule their fates, decide to take things in hand and send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done properly ...With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, The Ogre of Oglefort is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
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  • Please Don't Feed the Vampire!

    RL Stine

    Product Code: ANHTS
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! A Goosebumps 'Choose Your Own Horror' Adventure! This Halloween you're stuck with a lame costume called "vampire in a can": a cheesy vampire costume stuffed inside a can. But then you finds a strange packet of red goo inside that will turn anyone who swallows it into a vampire. Will you swallow it and turn that lame costume into the real thing? Or will your adorable poodle Fifi wind up with a bite that's worst than her bark?
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  • Vlad: The World's Worst Vampire

    Anna Wilson

    Product Code: BHACY
    Paperback
    Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler family, the bravest vampires that ever lived. But Vlad isn't very brave at all. He's even a little bit scared of the dark! All Vlad wants is some friends and he thinks he knows just where to find them...Human school! So off Vlad goes, along with his pet bat Flit. But how will Vlad keep his true identity secret from his new friends? Not to mention keeping them hidden from his family! Life just got a lot more complicated...A gentle and funny story of a little vampire who wishes he was human - this is DIARY OF A WIMPY KID meets Hotel Transylvania.
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  • Dotty Detective and the Pawprint Puzzle (Dotty Detective, Book 2)

    Clara Vulliamy

    Product Code: AULUZ
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    Dot, her best pal Beans and TOP DOG McClusky are back on the case in a brand-new story! When Dot starts hearing strange noises at night she's convinced there must be something SPOOKY afoot. But before they can prove there's a ghost on the loose, Dot and Beans have to follow Ace Detective Fred Fantastic's golden rule: GET PROOF. Easier said than done when the suspect appears to be invisible! It's time to FOLLOW THAT HUNCH!
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  • The Haunted Car

    RL Stine

    Product Code: ANHTR
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Mitchell is a car fanatic. He knows everything there is to know about every car there is. So when his parents buy a new sports car - he can't wait to have a ride in it. But there's something not right about this car. It has a mind of it's own. Could it be...haunted?
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  • Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPVZ
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe's dad loves those tacky lawn ornaments. But then he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes. And that's when the trouble starts. Late at night, when everyone's asleep someone's creeping in the garden. Whispering nasty things. Smashing melons. Squashing tomatoes. No way two dumb old lawn ornaments could be causing all the trouble...is there?
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  • The Ghost of the Trenches and Other Stories

    Helen Watts

    Product Code: APXKD
    Paperback 7 years +
    As the Great War raged, and in its aftermath, people created hundreds of legends and stories round it, to speak of the sadness, the heroism, the deaths. Author Helen Watts and storyteller Taffy Thomas bring together this compelling, moving collection of ghost stories and mysteries from both sides of the conflict, from the haunted U-boat to the ghost of the trenches.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Endangered Operation (Choose-Your-Own Capers)

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Product Code: CBOZN
    Paperback
    Join Carmen Sandiego and decide where in the world to go next in this globe-trotting, daring caper! Help Carmen save wild animals of all kinds, especially the rare Amur tiger cub kidnapped from you by VILE. With 20 possible endings, your adventures can take you all over the world--or out of the game. Which will you choose? In this choose-your-own-caper story set in the world of Carmen Sandiego, you are a junior zookeeper caring for a rare newborn Amur tiger cub. VILE, in its latest plot, is stealing exotic animals to sell to a billionaire collector, and your charge is cub-napped! Carmen arrives and you decide the best way to get your cub back is to help her defeat VILE and rescue all the animals they've captured. Or do you? Twenty different endings to this story keep readers coming back for more adventures with Carmen Sandiego!
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  • Granny Magic

    Elka Evalds

    Product Code: CBQXA
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    Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in this heart-warming adventure from Elka Evalds, illustrated by Teemu Juhani! Will's beloved granny made cakes and knitted itchy jumpers - that's what he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran's old craft group tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it ... so long as they don't drop a stitch.
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  • Penguin Readers Level 6: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    John le Carre

    Product Code: BZMMA
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    Alec Leamas, a tired, worn out British spymaster, has retired. His boss, however, believes he has one last job in him and sends him to East Germany to spread false information about a powerful East German intelligence officer. Can Agent Leamas end his career of espionage and finally come in from the cold, or will the opportunity to take revenge on old enemies prove irresistible? Penguin Readers is a series of the best new fiction, essential non-fiction and popular classics written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, a Level 6 Reader, is B1+ in the CEFR framework. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future continuous, reported questions, third conditional, was going to and ellipsis. A small number of illustrations support the text.
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  • Th Giggle Pigs

    Leonie Lord

    Product Code: BYXFW
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    Can you go on a very serious adventure without giggling? The Giggle Pigs can't. However hard they try, they just keep bursting out laughing. But so would you if you had to canoe down a river of custard, tip-toe across the Secret Swamp of Burps, and find your way out of a Fog of Bottom Parps. Get ready for fun, silliness and LOTS of giggling in this hilariously imaginative piggy tale.
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  • The Naval Treaty

    Arianna Bellucci

    Product Code: BYLSX
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    Watson, Do you think you could bring your friend, Mr Sherlock Holmes, down to see me? My position at the Foreign Office seemed safe until this horrible disaster. I fear my career is ruined! War becomes a real possibility after a top-secret document is stolen from the Foreign Office. But why has the thief waited ten weeks to sell the treaty? Holmes and Watson are plunged into a world of international diplomacy only to find that danger can come from unexpected quarters. A simplification of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, perfect for young fans of mystery books. A great introduction to classics for children aged 7+.
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  • The Blue Carbuncle

    Arianna Bellucci

    Product Code: BYLMO
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    A valuable jewel known as the Blue Carbuncle was stolen from the jewel case of the Countess of Morcar yesterday. A reward of GBP1000 has been offered by the countess for information leading to the stone's return ... While the police work to trace the missing diamond, Holmes attempts to reunite a Christmas dinner and its owner. But when the detective comes across the jewel, Holmes and Watson find themselves in a race against time to save an innocent man's life. A simplification of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, perfect for young fans of mystery books. A great introduction to classics for children aged 7+.
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If your child loves heart-pounding adventures and adrenaline-pumping action, look no further. Our range includes ghoulish ghost story books, spellbinding mysteries and enthralling thrillers.

Popular authors kids will love

Explore our selection of riveting reads from many well-known authors whose works have captured kids’ imaginations, including Anthony Horowitz, Darren Shan, Eva Ibbotson, Enid Blyton and Andy McNab.

Ghosts, zombies, vampires and more…

Discover an assortment of terrifying and shadowy creatures in these white-knuckle tales, including mysterious ghosts, ravenous zombies and deadly vampires…

Much-loved classics guaranteed to captivate

We have a variety of tried-and-tested mystery and thriller classics, including the ever-popular Goosebumps adventures, Enid Blyton’s mystery tales, the daring exploits of Scooby-Doo and the gang, and many more.

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